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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

A juvenile tarpon in Southwest Florida. Photo: John Rohan Florida’s coastal shorelines are changing daily with development, nutrient runoff and altered waterflows, impacting sensitive tarpon nursery habitats. Juvenile tarpon rely on tidal mangrove creeks and other backcountry habitats that are not sufficiently protected. To prevent the further decline of Florida’s tarpon fishery, a major driver of […]

A Florida Keys bonefish tagged and released. Photo: Ian Wilson Bonefish & Tarpon Trust scientists are utilizing the latest technology and the historical knowledge of veteran guides to locate important bonefish spawning sites in the Florida Keys. Finding these nearshore areas where bonefish school by the thousands before migrating offshore to spawn in deep water […]

POSITION DESCRIPTION Social Media Coordinator Our Organization Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is dedicated to the conservation of bonefish, tarpon and permit—the species, their habitats, and the larger fisheries they comprise. We pursue this mission through science-based conservation initiatives, advocacy and education across the Caribbean Basin, from the Bahamas to the Yucatán, in the Gulf of […]

Photo: Andrew Luedke BTT’s International Science Symposium and Flats Expo was created to bring together internationally recognized marine scientists, resource managers, fishing guides, anglers, and educators to share information and learn from one another in order to advance flat fishery conservation. The mix of attendees and diversity of presentations and expert panels is unique and […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust applauds the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill on August 10 that includes significant funding for water infrastructure, environmental remediation, and climate resilience projects. Included in this historic bill are $1.9 billion for aquatic ecosystem restoration projects managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, $491 million in funding to […]

Left to Right: Chico Fernandez, Sandy Moret, Dr. Andy Danylchuk Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will honor Florida anglers Sandy Moret and Chico Fernandez and scientist Dr. Andy Danylchuk for their contributions to flats fishery conservation at the 7th Annual International Science Symposium and Flats Expo, November 12-13, 2021, at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, […]

An algal bloom in Florida. Photo: Lindsey Potter Florida’s Water Quality and Habitat Crisis Significant increase in investment is urgently needed Recent actions by Governor DeSantis and the state legislature to address Florida’s continuing water quality woes are a step in the right direction—but only the first step in a marathon the state must run. […]

As if all of the extra nutrients coming from land aren’t enough of a threat to our fisheries, proposals for offshore finfish aquaculture farms are now in the works. If realized, these proposals would place large cage-culture fish aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Florida coast. Among the many other concerns about […]

A dead tarpon during a red tide event on Florida’s west coast. Photo: Capt. Tommy Locke It wasn’t that long ago that such a statement would have been considered overblown and alarmist. But the terrible red tide devastating Tampa Bay is only the latest in a long line of media headlines. In fact, bad water […]

Photo: Justin Lewis The International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Science Symposium and Flats Expo was created to bring together internationally recognized marine scientists, resource managers, fishing guides, anglers, and educators to share information and learn from one another in order to advance flat fishery conservation. The mix of attendees and diversity of presentations and expert […]